5) It’s good for business
Chicago PD hit a milestone this year when it aired its 100th episode as part of a crossover with Chicago Fire. But that episode wasn’t just significant because it was triple digits—it was also big news for the business side of the show, too.
100 episodes is the magic number for syndication, or when a production company can sell a show’s reruns to another network. And indeed, Chicago PD closed a lucrative syndication deal this spring and we’re about to see reruns on broadcast TV in addition to the existing cable reruns on NBC’s sister channels USA and Oxygen.
That means it’s profitable for NBC to have Chicago PD renewed, because they can keep turning out more episodes for additional syndication money (the broadcast contract only covers the first four seasons). It’s even more significant because PD is the only One Chicago show with a syndication agreement; Chicago Fire has yet to find a buyer and Chicago Med still has to reach 100 episodes. Why get rid of the show that’s making Universal Television extra money?
Not to mention that, while its margins have slimmed in recent weeks, PD is still NBC’s most-watched show on Wednesday nights. For one week this season, it was the most-watched show on all of broadcast TV. Whether it’s in TV ratings or in the pocketbook, Chicago PD is too valuable a series for NBC not to bring it back.